At the last City Council meeting of 2016, Councillors quietly adopted a new climate action plan for our city. This important plan outlines the short-term strategies for achieving an emissions reduction target of 30% by 2020. However, without any new funds to support the action plan we are unlikely to meet our targets.
News & Updates
As 2016 comes to an end and City Council’s four year term hits its halfway point, there’s a lot of attention on City Hall and budget expectations are high. December’s Council meeting stretched for three long days and covered a wide range of environmental issues from road tolls to waste bin fees, public hydro victories to unfunded climate strategies. Here’s what happened.
TEA partnered with the City of Toronto's Solid Waste staff to host three tours of multi-residential buildings that are leading the way in waste diversion.
Today, TEA and some of our allies (including the Pembina Institute, the David Suzuki Foundation, the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario, the City Building Institute, Ryerson University and Evergreen) sent a letter to Mayor Tory and City Council urging them to adopt the revenue tools recommended by the City Manager.
Road tolls, in principle, should be a good thing for the environment - if the money collected goes towards supporting environmental programs. But decisions made by the Mayor’s Executive Committee on December 1 pretty well guarantee this won’t happen.
Mayor Tory and Toronto City Council are now exactly halfway through their four-year term. TEA has been monitoring the votes they cast and the decisions they made and we’re launching a report that evaluates City Council’s first two years on four key issue areas: climate change, transportation, toxics, and waste.
For more than 6 years, TEA has been calling on City Council to invest in important environmental services. Before the last municipal election in 2014, we made it clear new revenues are necessary if we hope to get Toronto ready for climate change.
On Monday evening, more than 150 concerned residents and TEA supporters flooded into a Committee Room at City Hall to show support for Toronto’s new climate action plan. Many people were forced to stand as the room was at capacity, and extra chairs had to be brought in to accommodate everyone.
EcoBunk's silent auction is always filled with fantastic donations from our sponsors and this year is no different. This is just a very small sample of what EcoBunk 2016 has to offer.
At November's City Council meeting a number of green topics were on the agenda including expansion of both our transit system and our political system, climate strategies to prepare us for extreme heat and catastrophic floods, climate change solutions like growing our tree canopy and tackling our industry's trucking emissions. Here's what happened.
Not quite a year ago, nations from across the world including Canada signed the Paris Agreement. It was the first legally binding and universal agreement committing countries to take climate actions. Mayor Tory was part of the Canadian delegation to represent how Toronto could be part of the solution.
14 years ago, Torontonians started falling in love with their Green Bins! Etobicoke residents were the first to get their Green Bins in September 2002. It all started two years earlier when TEA and the Canadian Union of Public Employees proposed Green Bin pick up to City Council as an alternative to sending valuable organics to the proposed Adams Mine landfill.
Last week, TEA held a unique forum bringing together grassroots leaders to talk about engaging people on climate change. The participants represented communities across Toronto, and worked on a range of issues including poverty reduction, emergency preparedness, housing, settlement services and more.